Business is booming at Rachel Dunn Chocolates in Concord, Calif. The candy maker reopened last year under the family that founded it in 1984 after an employee scandal shut the shop down in 2005. The shop sells everything from giant candy-covered apples to 3-foot-tall candy canes.
For Terry Hicklin of Candy House Gourmet Chocolates in Joplin, Mo., the holidays are busy -- and a lot of work goes into keeping treats in stock. The shop's popular Mine Run, a honeycomb-textured treat, is very labor-intensive. Once dipped in chocolate, each confection is gone over by hand to ensure air can't get inside and dissolve the treat.
The incoming Obama administration might work to simultaneously address hunger and obesity in the country. Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack, Obama's nominee for agriculture secretary, said he is looking to place "nutrition at the center of all food-assistance programs," indicating that he might participate next year in Congress' plan to reintroduce nutrition programs in schools.
In Goa, India, many people go to bakeries for holiday treats instead of baking at home. Older treats, such as the dodol and the bebinca, are still popular at bakeries, while treats such as bolo bebedo and pasteis da nata, are unheard of these days.
Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co. says it plans to find a site for a new factory in Russia that will cost at least $100 million. Company officials said Wrigley will expand its confectionery business in Europe, as it sees opportunities for growth.